82-year-old Canadian writer Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in literature. (the “master of the contemporary short story”)  http://on.wsj.com/17ZWcDF | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Maybe the Academy should have texted.

At 7am EST, @Nobelprize_org alerted Twitter to the Swedish Academy’s choice this year for literature laureate: 82-year-old Canadian author Alice Munro, beloved for her quiet but beautifully affecting short stories.

But while the Internet had been duly informed of this decision, Munro herself remained apparently unaware of the honor. The Academy noted that there is a short lead time between the winner being called and the official announcement:

Munro didn’t answer that call—understandable, considering it likely came a bit before dawn.

We can only imagine how casual a message that was—“Hi Alice, nothing major, just give us here in Stockholm a ring when you can. Toodles!” The Nobel folk then released their news to the world but continued to try to reach Munro, sounding more and more like a jealous boyfriend.

But never fear, there’s a happy ending here. At noon EST, @Nobelprize_org revealed that they had finally gotten in contact with the celebrated fictionist, probably because by that point some neighbor was banging on her door and telling her to answer the stupid phone already.

Let that be a lesson, Alice: You can write, but you can’t hide.

Photo by PandoreBoite/Flickr

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
IRL
Indie author asks hackers to 'destroy' enemies
If there was ever any doubt that the literary world is every bit as rude and contentious as the society it pretends to be a refuge from, sites like Amazon and Goodreads have put it to rest. Especially in the cutthroat alleys self-publishing, where an author by necessity has to directly engage an audience without a real PR team, diplomatic relationships sour rather quickly—and the threats can begin to fly before you even put out a book.
From Our VICE Partners
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!